Back-to-Back Champs

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By Travis Coleman

Contributing Writer

Last week was a big week for Williston hoops when the Williston High School girls' team took home their second consecutive district championship, while the boys went 2-0 and sent off an impressive senior class.

After a first round bye, the girls started off the district tournament Feb. 2 against Fort White. The game, held in Hilliard, was not close, as the Devils won 76-42.

Sophomore guard Niyah Jackson (#10) scored 28, while junior forward Kyra Penny (#21) put up 11. The game set up a rematch with the first place Newberry Panthers on Friday. WHS Lady Devils were 0-2 against Newberry on the season.

The game, on Feb. 3 was a back and forth affair the entire time.

In the middle of the third quarter, the girls found themselves down five, but went on an 11-4 run to take the lead.

Newberry cut the girls' lead to 58-57, but the Devils proceeded to slam the door shut on the Panthers, and nab their second straight district championship.

Senior forward Keora Mincey (#2) scored 22 to lead the team. Jackson scored 16, but was hobbled and missed some time at the end of the game. Junior guard Destiny Haynes (#14) also scored nine points in the win.

“The Friday night game was incredible,” said Coach Calvin Edwards. “The light couldn’t have picked a better time to come on for these ladies. Now we prepare for Hamilton.”

The Hoops Club arranged a reception for the girls after they won the championship. A police escort was called in and the club purchased pizza for the small gathering of fans who came out. It was a great win, and night for the team.

The boys finished off their regular season with a 2-0 week, starting Jan. 31 at home against Eastside. The game was a close one, but ended with a Devils' victory by a score of 48-43.

“We were deadlocked at the half 22-22," said Coach Larry Walker. “We switched to a big lineup and a 2-3 zone defense… We allowed only four points in the third quarter.”

Senior forward Dylan Murray (#20) scored 12 points and had four rebounds. Freshman guard Jeremiah James added seven points and six assist in the win.

The regular season finale for the boys was on Thursday, February 2nd. The game was senior night against county rival Chiefland. Six, incredible, seniors were sent off, Reggie Days(#2), Drew Holcomb(#24), Braden Major(#30), TJ Pitts(#40), Brian Williams(#4), and Murray, in style with a 74-23 win. “We got off to a quick start, taking a 34-12 lead in the first quarter, and cruised to a big win,” said Walker. Murray had a team leading 15 points, Williams had 12, and Days had 10.

This week will be huge for both teams. The girls play Hamilton County tonight in the first round of the state playoffs. The game is at home, so come cheer the girls on as they fight for a state championship!

The boys next game will be tomorrow at home, against a to be determined opponent. If they win that game, they will play for the district championship. Make sure you also come out to that game. Good luck to both teams this week! #RedDevilStrong